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New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

Press releases   •   Jan 16, 2017 12:03 GMT

Eurofound has launched its new work programme for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the activities the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating effective policies for the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe during this challenging period.

Europe sees slow growth in face of economic and social challenges

Europe sees slow growth in face of economic and social challenges

Press releases   •   Jun 01, 2016 08:00 BST

Eurofound has published its yearbook for 2015. The report shows that employment in Europe is on a slow growth trajectory after a long period of job loss and economic stagnation, but quality of life has slipped for many Europeans, and poverty is a threat for millions. Download the report: http://bit.ly/LWE2015

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Press releases   •   Apr 08, 2014 12:30 BST

Encouraging people to talk about their problems at work, especially psychosocial problems, is a key element in prevention strategies. Eurofound releases a new report that looks at industrial relations practices regarding health and safety strategies in the European steel sector by analysing company practices in ArcelorMittal (FR), Rautaruukki (FIN) and Salzgitter AG (DE).

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Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

News   •   Jun 25, 2021 07:00 BST

​74% of people in Croatia report difficulties making ends meet, according to Eurofound’s large-scale ​Living, working and COVID-19 online survey​. This is the highest figure among EU Member States, where the average was 45.1%. For Croatia, this number remained consistently high throughout the pandemic at 73.5% in April 2020 reporting a difficult personal financial situation.

Trust in national government has declined in Sweden throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Trust in national government has declined in Sweden throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jun 06, 2021 07:00 BST

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, trust of people in Sweden in their national government has declined from 6.4 to 5.1. Respondents rated their trust levels at the onset of the pandemic (data collection April 2020) at 6.4 on average, which decreased to 5.5 during the summer months of last year and then to 5.1 in February and March of this year.

Denmark only EU country where trust in national government increased since summer 2020

Denmark only EU country where trust in national government increased since summer 2020

News   •   Jun 05, 2021 07:00 BST

Trust in the national government in Denmark ranked highest among EU countries at 7 out of 10, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. This marked an increase of 0.5 points compared to the summer of last year. This pattern goes against the trend observed in all other EU Member States, where the average trust rating fell to just 3.9 from 4.6.

Eurofound publishes updated, standardised minimum wage data for 2021

Eurofound publishes updated, standardised minimum wage data for 2021

News   •   Feb 10, 2021 07:00 GMT

Eurofound has published updated monthly comparable data, converted to euro and standardised across 12 months, for 21 EU Member States and the United Kingdom for 2021

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New impetus to collective bargaining: Insights from the ECS

New impetus to collective bargaining: Insights from the ECS

Blog posts   •   Oct 28, 2020 11:00 GMT

New data from Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) show that two-thirds of workers (private sector, with more than 10 employees, EU27) are estimated to have their wages set via a collective wage agreement. Bargaining coverage is substantially higher in countries where there are sectoral agreements and where these are frequently extended to non-covered companies or workers.

Fears and hopes around future minimum wages

Fears and hopes around future minimum wages

Blog posts   •   Jan 16, 2020 10:00 GMT

​As one of their ‘100 days in office’ initiatives, the new European Commission intends to propose an initiative for an EU minimum wage. The aim is that by 2024 every worker in the EU should earn a fair and adequate wage, no matter where they live. And despite the Commission’s assurance that this would not alter national traditions of wage-setting, emotions are already running high

100 years of 8-hour working days

100 years of 8-hour working days

Blog posts   •   Nov 12, 2019 11:00 GMT

John Maynard Keynes famously thought that, by now, the primary societal issue would be boredom, due to productivity increasing to a level where we would only need to work 15 hours per week. He was evidently wrong. Despite huge changes in technology and productivity, long working hours are still prevalent.

What now for Europe?

What now for Europe?

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2019 15:30 BST

The votes have been cast, tallied and declared and we can now see the political landscape of the new European Parliament. To what extent have mixed developments in employment and quality of life contributed to the more fractured political landscape? And can the EU continue to deliver to the more diverse demands of citizens across Europe?

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Gross and net annual earnings of single adult workers on the minimum wage

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This graph, taken from the Minimum wages in 2019 annual review, looks at the gross and net annual earnings of a minimum wage worker in th...

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Share of women among different sets of wage earners

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This table, taken from the Minimum wages in 2019 annual review, looks at the percentage of women earning different wage levels in the EU....

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Percentage of employees earning a certain proportion of the statutory minimum wage

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Deputy Director addresses Eurofoundl correspondents

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The annual meeting of Eurofound’s correspondents is took place in Dublin on 27–28 March. Eurofound relies on its Network of European corr...

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Audio: Large differences in tax contributions of minimum wage workers across Europe

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The latest Annual Review of minimum wages in Europe gives a detailed analysis of minimum wage rates across Europe, and not only looks at ...

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Women over-represented among minimum and low-wage earners

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The latest Annual Review of minimum wages in Europe shows that there have been increases to the minimum wage across almost all Member Sta...

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Los cambios en los salarios mínimos en Europa podrían tener implicaciones generalizadas

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La última revisión anual de los salarios mínimos en Europa muestra que se han producido aumentos significativos en los salarios mínimos d...

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I am the Promotions Officer at Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU agency providing comparative socio-economic research data, findings and policy pointers... Show more

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​Stavroula Demetriades is senior research manager in the Employment unit. She has responsibility for research in the areas of innovation, workplace... Show more

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Peter Kerckhofs is a research officer in the Working Life unit at Eurofound and is responsible for representativeness studies. He is currently building... Show more